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Humanitarian Action Summit
ABOUT THE HUMANITARIAN ACTION SUMMIT
The Humanitarian Action Summit provides a forum for discussion and strategic thinking around emerging issues in humanitarian action. The Summit brings together leaders and experts from international, non-governmental, academic and health institutions, assembled in working groups that focus on major cross-cutting themes that have immediate relevance to current humanitarian aid and health sector issues.
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March 4th-6th, 2011The 2011 Summit brought together over 200 strategic level leaders from NGO's, UN agencies, donor agencies and federal agencies to discuss complex issues that face the NGO community. The Summit built directly upon the momentum from the prior Humanitarian Health Conferences, utilized our network of humanitarian leaders, and developed an expanded agenda of critical topics facing the humanitarian health community. In so doing, the 2011 Summit was a unique and vital venue for humanitarian strategists. The 2011 Humanitarian Action Summit was honored to have as its keynote speakers Dr. Paul Farmer and The Hounourable Romeo A. Dallaire.
The 2011 Summit followed a similar work-plan from that developed in 2009. Based on changing needs and emerging issues in the humanitarian health field, the 2011 working groups were introduced and developed to address these emerging themes. The following are key themes that were addressed in the form of working groups and plenary sessions:
- Field level coordination among civilian and military humanitarian actors: Strategies for improving field dialogue.
- NGO security, and standards in staff protection: Updates on establishing consensus on organizational security practices.
- Urbanization and humanitarian access: Challenges to program design in concentrated urban regions.
- Demographics, Mapping and Applied Technology for Humanitarian Action:Next steps in advancing mobile communications and geospatial tools.
- Surgical Issues in the Humanitarian Space: Improving surgical epidemiology in war and disaster.
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis and Conflict: Transitioning mental health and psychosocial programs from short term relief to community-based programs for development.
PLENARY SESSIONS AND BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
- Post-conflict health systems reconstruction: Evaluating best practices for re-development of health systems in the post-crisis settings.
- Humanitarian Professionalization and educational networks: Academic engagement with humanitarian agencies, logical linkages, technical enhancements and barriers to participation.
Frederick "Skip" M. Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, FAAP, FACEP
Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH
Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Frederick M. Burkle, Jr.
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Child Fund International
James C. Strickler
Dartmouth Medical School
BOARD OF ADVISORS
President & CEO, International Medical Corps
Humanitarian Advisor, Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department Operations Team (CHASE OT), Department for International Development, United Kingdom
Former President and CEO of CARE USA
Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard Kennedy School
Editor-in-Chief, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Director of Emergency Operations, Catholic Relief Services
Vice President, Samaritan's Purse
CEO, Mercy Corps
Director, Microsoft Humanitarian Systems
President & CEO, International Rescue Committee
Vice President, Christian Children's Fund
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Executive Director, Partnership for Quality Medical Donations
Adele WaugamanSenior Director, United Nations Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership
Head of Delegation of US and Canada, International Committee of the Red Cross